|When Robin Hood was
about twenty years old,
He happend to meet Little John,
A jolly brisk blade, right fit for the trade,
For he was a lusty young man.
|Tho he was calld
Little, his limbs they were large,
And his stature was seven foot high;
Where-ever he came, they quak'd at his name,
For soon he would make them to fly.
|How they came acquainted, I'll
tell you in brief,
If you will but listen a while;
For this very jest, amongst all the rest,
I think it may cause you to smile.
|Bold Robin Hood said to his
Pray tarry you here in this grove;
And see that you all observe well my call,
While thorough the forest I rove.
|We have had no sport for these
fourteen long days,
Therefore now abroad will I go;
Now should I be beat, and cannot retreat,
My horn I will presently blow.
|Then did he shake hands with his
merry men all,
And bid them at present good b'w'ye;
Then, as near a brook his journey he took,
A stranger he chancd to espy.